Wildlife Biology (WBIO)

220 Wildlife Damage Management (3) Philosophies, principles and concepts related to practical management of wildlife-human conflicts. Includes basic information on the use of traps, toxicants, repellents, exclusion, and other wildlife damage control methods that help resolve damage to property and threats to human health and safety. An integrated management approach is used, considering various techniques along with biological, economic and socio-cultural aspects. Students will weigh these considerations, then use a Wildlife Damage Management Decision Model in formulating management approaches for real-world wildlife conflict situations.

250 Principles of Wildlife Management (3) Current principles and practices used in management of wild animals. Includes historical, biological, behavioral, sociological, and economic components. Attention will be given to management tools including control of hunting, predator control, refugia, propagation, and environmental controls. Three-hour lecture.

320 White-tailed Deer (1) A complete study of white-tailed deer including biology, behavior, management, history, social impacts and damage control. Status of the population in Tennessee, food habits, management scenarios throughout the country will be considered, along with taxonomy of the species throughout its range.

330 Wildlife Biopolitics (1) Involves the study of special interest/political influences on wildlife management techniques and administration. It specifically outlines cases of management decisions in the Southeast involving big game, small game, furbearers and waterfowl.

340 Wildlife Law Enforcement and Public Relations (3) Fundamentals and general principles of local, state and federal laws and regulations governing natural resources and their management. Principles and practices of interacting with the public. Prereq: Be enrolled in Wildlife Biology or instructor's approval.

350 Wildlife Management Techniques (4) This class will expose students to field and laboratory techniques commonly used in management of wildlife populations. Course content includes methods used to capture, mark, and handle animals; determination of age and sex; monitoring of individuals and populations; and population density estimation. Three hours lecture and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Be enrolled in Wildlife Biology or instructor's approval.

441 Forensic Techniques in Wildlife Biology (3) Investigative techniques of collecting preserving and utilizing evidence involving violation of wildlife laws. Includes hair and tissue identification, osteology, wound examination, ballistics, cause and time of death, collecting and handling evidence and expert witness in court. Prereq: Wildlife Biology or instructor’s approval.

450 Wildlife Habitat Management (4) This course will provide students with an understanding of relationships between wildlife and forest, farmland, and wetland habitats. Models and other methods used to quantify wildlife-habitat associations will be examined. Students will explore the concepts of habitat use, selection, and preference; the importance of spatial scale; the significance of plant succession, and the methods for manipulating habitats to increase, decrease, and maintain wildlife populations. Planning, designing, and budgeting wildlife management plans from a private and public land perspective are included. Three-hour lecture and one lab. Prereq: Be enrolled in Wildlife Biology of instructor’s approval.